UGC NET Syllabus for Arab Culture and Islamic Studies

UGC NET Syllabus for Arab Culture and Islamic Studies, Code No: 49

Arab Culture and Islamic Studies: Arab culture refers to the culture in the countries in which the official language is Arabic (although the Arabic language in some of them is the language of minority), and the west officials and scholars used to call them "Arab countries" of Western Asia and North Africa, from Morocco to the Arabian Sea. Language, literature, gastronomy, art, architecture, music, spirituality, philosophy, mysticism (etc.) are all part of the cultural heritage of the pan-Arab world. In a Muslim context, Islamic studies are the umbrella term for the Islamic sciences ('Ulum al-din), both originally researched and as defined by the Islamization of knowledge. It includes all the traditional forms of religious thought, such as kalam (Islamic theology) and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), but also incorporates fields generally considered secular in the West, such as Islamic science and Islamic economics.

Question Pattern: There will be two question papers - UGC NET Examination in Arab Culture and Islamic Studies, Paper II and Paper III. Paper II will have 100 marks in total whereas Paper III will have 150 marks in total. Paper II will cover fifty (50) objective type questions, whereas the Paper III will have seventy five (75) objective type questions, each question carrying two (2) marks. All questions are compulsory in both the papers. The objective type questions will include multiple choices, matching type, true / false and assertion-reasoning type.

Paper II Syllabus

1. Rise of Islam

Pre – Islamic Arabia

Prophet Muhammad and his life at Makkah

His migration to Madinah

Prophet’s life at Madinah

Formulation of Social system at Madinah (early phase)

Basic teachings of Islamic faith

Formation of Islamic State at Madinah

Socio – economic and political system of Islam

Achievements of Prophet Muhammad

2. Khilafat – e – Rashidahwww.netugc.com

Institution of Khilafat

Hazrat Abu Bakr : Life and achievements

Hazrat Umar : Life and his administration

Expansion and consolidation of Islamic State during the caliphate of Hazrat Umar

Hazrat Usman : Life and political problems faced by him

Hazrat Ali : His life and internal conflicts

General assessment of Khilafat – e – Rashidah

3. The Umayyads

Establishment of Umayyad dynasty

The policy of Arab nationalism adopted by the Umayyads

Social conditions under the Umayyad rule

Expansion and consolidation of the State

System of education under the Umayyads

Development of Arabic Language and Literature

Art and Architecture under the Umayyads

Decline of the Umayyad rule

4. The Abbasids

Establishment of Abbasid rule

Important caliphs and their achievements

Socio – cultural and religious developments

Development of education

Progress in the fields of various sciences and literature

Contribution of Abbasids to Fine Arts

Art and architecture under Abbasids

Decline of Abbasid rule

5. The Quran

Collection and compilation of the Quran

Ethical and philosophical teachings

Socio – economic and political teachings

The origin and development of Tafsir Literature

Important Commentators :

Mohammed bin Jarir at-Tabari

Razi

Zamakhshari

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Abul Ala Maududi

Abul Kalam Azad

Ashraf Ali Thanvi

6. The Hadith and Islamic Jurisprudence

Process of collection and compilation of Hadith

Early collections of Hadith

Transmission and Scrutiny of Hadith

Major Collections of Hadith

Genesis of Islamic Fiqh and its development

Sources of Islamic Law

Schools of Islamic Law

Contemporary Problems and Islamic Fiqh

7. Dynasties of the East and the West

Idrisis and Aghlabids

Tulunids and Ikhshidies

Hamadanis and Tahirids

Samanis and Safavids

Qacharis and Pahlavis

Ghaznavids, Saljuqs and Khwarizmshahids

8. Medieval Arab States

Fatimids

Zangids

Nurids

Ayyubids

Mamluks

9. Iran

Iranian Society on the eve of Islam

Emergence and spread of Islam in Iran

Development of Islamic Sciences

Religious Ideas : Ithna Ashari, Ismailies, Usulis, Babis and Bahais

Development of Persian Literature

Contribution to Art and Architecture

Revolution of 1979

10. Arabs in Spain

Conquest of Spain

Umayyad rule in Spain

Socio – cultural developments in Spain

Intellectual, educational and literary development in Spain

Art and architecture under Umayyads in Spain

Cordova and Grenada

Decline of Umayyad rule in Spain

11. Ottoman Empire

Establishment of Ottoman Empire

Rise of Ottomans

Important Ottoman rulers

Contribution of Ottomans to various sciences

Contribution of Ottomans to art and architecture

Decline of Ottoman Empire

12. Muslim Contribution to Various Sciences

Medicine

Mathematics

Astronomy

Chemistry

Historiography

Geography

Rational Sciences

13. Muslim Contribution to Art and Architecture

Painting

Calligraphy

Music

Glass work

Pottery

Engraving

Handicraft

Salient features of Islamic Architecture

14. Important Islamic Thinkers

Mawardi

Ibn Taimiyah

Ibn Khaldun

Shah Waliullah

Syed Qutub Shaheed

Hasan al – Banna

Allamah Iqbal

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Jamaluddin Afghani

Muhammad Abduhu

Paper III (Part A) Syllabus

(Core Group)

Unit – I

Geographical and Environmental conditions

Arab Kingdom : North and South

Social Life of Bedouin and Settled Arabs

Cultural evolution of the Arabs

Religious conditions

Socio – political conditions

Commercial and economic activities

Arabic Language and Literature

Unit – II

Prophet Muhammad and his life at Makkah

His migration to Madinah

Prophet’s life at Madinah

Formulation of Social system at Madinah (early phase)

Basic teachings of Islamic faith

Formation of Islamic State

Socio – economic and political system of Islam

Achievements of Prophet Muhammad

Unit – III

Institution of Khilafat

Hazrat Abu Bakr : Life and achievements

Hazrat Umar : Life and his adrninistration

Expansion and consolidation of Islamic State during the caliphate of Hazrat Umar

Hazrat Usman : Life and political problems faced by him

Hazrat Ali : His life and internal conflicts

General assessment of Khilafat – e – Rashidah

Unit – IV

Establishment of Umayyad Dynasty

The policy of Arab nationalism adopted by the Umayyads

Social conditions under the Umayyad rule

Expansion and consolidation of the State

System of education under the Umayyads

Development of Arabic Language and Literature

Art and Architecture under the Umayyads

Decline of the Umayyad rule

Unit – V

Establishment of Abbasid rule

Important caliphs and their achievements

Socio – cultural and religious developments

Development of education

Progress in the fields of various sciences and literature

Contribution of Abbasids to Fine Arts

Art and architecture under Abbasids

Unit – VI

Collection and compilation of the Quran

Ethical and philosophical teachings

Socio – economic and political teachings

The origin and development of Tafsir Literature

Important Commentators :

Mohammed bin jarir at-Tabari

Razi

Zamakhshari

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Abul Ala Maududi

Abul Kalam Azad

Ashraf Ali Thanvi

Unit – VII

Collection and compilation of Hadith

Transmission and Scrutiny of Hadith

Genesis of Islamic Fiqh and its development

Major Collections of Hadith

Sources of Islamic Law

Schools of Islamic Law

Contemporary Problems and Islamic Fiqhwww.netugc.com

Unit – VIII

Arabs reaction and response to Greek Philosophy

Arab Philosophers

Al – Kindi

Al – Farabi

Al – Ghazzali

Ibn – e – Rushd

Development of Ilmul – Kalam

Mutazalites and Asharites

Shah Waliullah and his contribution to Muslim philosophy

Unit – IX

Origin and development of Sufism

Impact of Sufism on Indian Society

Important Sufi orders

Chishti

Naqshbandi

Suhrawardi

Qadiri

Sufi and Bhakti movements

Important works of Sufism

Awarif – al – Ma’arif

Futuhat al – Makkiyyah

Maqasid al – Arifin

Unit – X

Sunnis

Shias

Khawarij

Ahl – e – Hadith

Al – Ikhwan – al – Muslimun

Al – Ba’th

Jam’at – e – Islami

Sannusi Movement

 

Paper III (Part B) Syllabus

[Elective / Optional]

Elective – I

Islamic Studies: Contemporary Muslim World

Reform movements in India

Socio – religious development in modern Iran

Socio – Political developments in modern Turkey

Elective – II

Arab Culture: Indo – Arab Relations

Impact of Western Civilization on Arabs

Contemporary Indo – Arab relations

India as depicted in Arab writings

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